West Ham striking duo set for fierce head-to-head clash

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West Ham strikers Enner Valencia and Mauro Zarate will go head to head in next summer's Copa America.

It seems like just weeks since the 2014 World Cup came to an end, but the attention continues to be on international football.

Many enjoyed the South American football on show in Brazil this summer, and they can expect more of the same in 2015's Copa America tournament.

The 12-team tournament features the best of South America, as well as two invited teams, which are Mexico and Jamaica this time around.

The draw for the competition, which will be held in Chile next summer, was made on Monday night - and served up some great group stage fixtures.

Group B will see Argentina and Uruguay go head-to-head, whilst in Group C, Brazil and Colombia renew their rivalry after a spiky encounter at the World Cup.

In Group A, we will see two West Ham stars facing each other, with hosts Chile playing Ecuador.

The Hammers forked out £12m to sign Ecuador World Cup hero Enner Valencia this summer, and he's impressed so far for Sam Allardyce's men, hitting three goals and two assists in eight starts.

The 25-year-old was labelled as "spectacular" by Ecuador boss Sixto Vizuete on Monday, and he'll be hoping to get the better of his West Ham team mate Mauro Zarate.

Another summer arrival for West Ham, Zarate was a star for the Argentina Under-20's, but now at 27, he hasn't been called up by the Argentina senior side.

That led to an intriguing decision from Zarate. Earlier this season, he chose to pledge his international allegiance to Chile, as he qualified to play for Jorge Sampaoli's men through his father.

Zarate figures to be part of the squad for Chile's home campaign, especially if he can continue to score for the Hammers, as he did against Everton at the weekend.

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